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BETTING PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED vs ARSENAL

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As Manchester United undergo a highly-anticipated changing of the guard, all eyes will be on the Premier League clash against Arsenal on Thursday.

Newly-appointed interim manager Ralf Rangnick has wasted no time in asserting that Manchester United can still make a success of this season after his appointment until the end of the season was confirmed on Monday.

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Rangnick has agreed to manage the team until the end of this campaign before taking on a consultancy role until 2024, and he could be in charge for Arsenal’s visit on Thursday, subject to receiving a work permit.

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United currently lie eighth on the Premier League standings, but this is undoubtedly the start of a clean slate as Rangnick steps into the top job.

“I am excited to be joining Manchester United and focused on making this a successful season for the club,” the German coach commented. “The squad is full of talent and has a great balance of youth and experience. All my efforts for the next six months will be on helping these players fulfil their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team. Beyond that, I look forward to supporting the club’s longer-term goals on a consultancy basis.”

Rangnick will take over from first-team coach Michael Carrick, who has been caretaker for two games since Ole Gunner Solskjaer was dismissed following a deal-breaker 4-1 defeat at lowly Watford.

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With change underway after that loss, United claimed a good win over Villarreal in the Champions League a week ago, while on Sunday they claimed a draw against Premier League log-leaders Chelsea.

One of the primary jobs for Rangnick will be to assess and remedy United’s defensive woes in a season where they have already conceded 22 goals in 13 games, more than four times Chelsea’s total of five.

An interesting challenge is now set to be posed by Arsenal, who are coming off a win over Newcastle, which formed part of a continued resurgence that has seen them settle into fifth place on the league table.

Mikel Arteta’s side saw their 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions come to a painful end recently after a 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool that seemed to suggest they are still some distance away from running with the big gods.

But second half goals from Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates Stadium against Newcastle made it four wins from their last five league games.

“I’m happy with the points after losing to Liverpool. You have to win straightaway,” Arteta said.

“The word was we had to be patient. We had to play with urgency and rhythm. We found spaces and that’s how we scored the goals.”

It’s sure to be a fascinating contest at Old Trafford on Thursday, but there is no doubt that the central focus will be on the influence Rangnick’s arrival will have on the United team.

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